Friday, October 21, 2016, 6:26pm
Lions RB Theo Riddick (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 7. With Riddick out, it looks like Dwayne Washington will serve as the lead back, but Zach Zenner and/or Justin Forsett will also be involved. Washington (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 7.
I expect both RBs Dwayne Washington and Justin Forsett to be active and available for the Lions on Sunday and how Detroit splits their carries will likely depend on the game and on the health of Theo Riddick.
With Riddick out, figure that Washington and Forsett will both see in the neighborhood of 10 to 12 carries, particularly against a beaten-up Los Angeles defensive line. How the two are used could depend on game situations, too.
Related players: Zach Zenner
Washington has a better handle on the offense than Forsett because Forsett just signed with Detroit this week. Washington has shown he can be a good combination of size and speed. He’s definitely a more versatile option than Forsett as of now and a bigger back if the Lions need to grind the ball with the lead late in the game. The Lions also have Zach Zenner, who can handle some of that role. Washington seems like the safer play at this point, but it seems like all three backs will be involved making it a tricky situation.
Friday, October 14, 2016, 6:25pm
Lions RB Theo Riddick (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 6. Dwayne Washington (ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 6. If Washington plays, we believe he’ll serve as the lead back unless the ankle is closer to 70% than it is to 90-100%. Washington, Zach Zenner and Justin Forsett could form a three-man committee.
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:01pm
Tim Twentyman was asked about Justin Forsett's role:
Dwayne Washington, when he returns, is still going to get carries. He’s shown big-time promise when healthy. He hasn’t done anything not to continue to get those looks.
The fact that neither Riddick (ankle) or Washington was on the practice field Wednesday is worth monitoring as the week goes on, and could certainly affect Forsett’s role this week.
When everyone is healthy and available, I expect Riddick and Washington to be No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, with Forsett challenging for the No. 3 role.
This was our thinking as well. Forsett has averaged under 4.1 YPC in his last 13 games, which is significantly lower than the 5.1 YPC that he averaged from 2009 to 2014. He's likely to serve as depth if both Riddick and Washington are healthy.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 6:42pm
Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 2:24pm
Forsett spoke with General Manager Ozzie Newsome Tuesday morning and expressed a desire to move on to another team where he might have a better chance to play.
The Ravens have not officially made the release yet, but Forsett tweeted about his departure.
Forsett was inactive in Week 4 and with the return of Kenneth Dixon on the horizon, the Ravens were finding they didn't have a lot of need for Forsett. Terrance West started last week but talk among those who follow the team is this is Dixon's job at some point. For now, at least until Dixon is back up to speed, it looks like West will get a bulk of the work as the team's RB1.
During his weekly news conference Monday, Ravens HC John Harbaugh declined to declare Terrance West the starting running back despite registering the team's first 100-yard rushing game since Oct. 11, 2015, when Justin Forsett went for 121 yards and a score against the Cleveland Browns.
“I’m not going to say that,” Harbaugh said. “I’m not going to get into all that. I just think that’s great to write about, but for us, it’s nothing for us to waste any energy on. We’re going to put the guys out there that are playing well. Our guys know this: If you’re playing hard, you’re playing smart, you’re playing fundamentally sound, and you’re productive, you’ve got a chance being out there again because everybody’s counting on everybody else to get the job done. If one of those things falls down, then you leave the door open for another guy to get their opportunity.”
With rookie Kenneth Dixon on the mend from a strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, suffered in the team’s third preseason game on Aug. 27, the offense could have four tailbacks in West, Forsett, Dixon, and Javorius Allen. The Ravens have activated two for each game. Forsett was benched last week and the story indicated he could be the odd man out. It would seem hard for the team not to go back to West in a nice matchup against Washington this week, but those who follow the team feel this could eventually be Dixon's job.
We had a report that Forsett never left the team's RB1 spot on the depth chart despite being cut. Terrance West and Javorius Allen should also see work for the Ravens along with Forsett. Some who follow the team speculate injured RB Kenneth Dixon will eventually take over the RB1 role, possibly this year. There are a lot of moving parts to the Ravens RB situation.
At a time when several veteran players have been signing with a team and then getting cut, running back Justin Forsett may turn that dynamic around.
Multiple reports have emerged calling Forsett’s return to Baltimore possible; PFT has learned that Forsett’s return is likely.
Forsett rushed for 1,266 yards in 2014. He missed much of last season with a broken arm.
Could another team offer more money and persuade Forsett to leave a situation where he’s settled and prepared and ready for a comeback year? It’s possible, but unlikely the story said. For now, the story added, all signs are pointing to Forsett returning to the Ravens, suiting up next Sunday against the Bills, and fulfilling the job that, according to the team’s online depth chart, he still has: first-string tailback.
Related players: Kenneth Dixon
The Ravens beat writers called Forsett the "presumed starter" all summer, so this move comes out of left field, though it does make some sense since the Ravens are not expected to contend for a Super Bowl this season. In the preseason, West rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries (4.0 YPC), while Allen gained a measly 43 yards on 21 totes (2.0 YPC) after averaging 3.8 YPC last year. He's a fine pass-catcher, however, so the duo could form a tandem while Dixon (22 carries, 107 yards, 4.9 YPC) gets healthy.
Ravens running back Justin Forsett became a late bloomer in NFL circles two years ago, when he rushed for 1,266 yards during his first season in Baltimore. Now approaching 31 and coming back from a broken arm that shortened his 2015 campaign, Forsett is ready to build on what he did in 2014.
Appearing Wednesday on PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio and NBCSN, Forsett said he’s 100 percent again. He also said that he’s feeling great and fresh because, for most of his early years, he didn’t have the same wear and tear that other running backs experience. He also has noticed something positive about being an experience (i.e., older) player in the NFL.
Terrance West stole the show in Monday night's open practice at M&T Bank Stadium with his big runs. Kenneth Dixon became the star of Saturday night's workout before 25,000 at the stadium with his open-field moves.
The one Baltimore Ravens running back that few are talking about this training camp is the one who has led the team in rushing the last two seasons. Justin Forsett finds himself in the peculiar position of being atop the depth chart while flying under the radar.
"Justin is quietly having an excellent camp," coach John Harbaugh said.
Forsett's 1,907 yards rushing the last two seasons are the eighth-most in the NFL. But unlike some of the others ahead of him on that list -- DeMarco Murray, LeSean McCoy and Le'Veon Bell -- Forsett hasn't been guaranteed a starting spot.
Harbaugh declined to name his No. 1 running back in February, and the Ravens drafted a running back in the fourth round for the third straight year. That put a huge question mark at the running back position for the offseason and training camp.
What Forsett has working for him is the best track record in this running back group. Since Forsett surprisingly filled Ray Rice's starting spot in 2014, his 22 runs over 20 yards (first), 4.9-yard rushing average (fifth) and 2,323 yards from scrimmage all rank in the top 10 among running backs the last two seasons. He is five years older than any back on the roster, the story said, and those other guys are all just making bigger plays right now. If the trend continues, it's hard not to see this turning into a committee or hot-hand situation.
"What's that?" Forsett said, per ESPN's Jamison Hensley.
Forsett's comedy bit oozed with sarcasm, but it underscores the idea that the career journeyman wants to carry the load.
One thing Forsett has in his favor is that the running game did struggle last season, especially when he was out of the lineup. On the balance, the Ravens fell to 1,478 total rushing yards in 2015, down from 2,019 in 2015.
But the 30-year-old back himself doesn't exactly have a history of consistent success. His first season in Baltimore in 2014 was a Pro Bowl year, but it was also his first with more than 120 carries and more than 650 yards.
Forsett may want to carry the load, but early indications are this will be a committee. The story mentioned NFL Media's Mike Garafolo noted rookie Kenneth Dixon has a "legitimate shot" to earn snaps early in the season. Dixon is said to have shiftiness and one-cut explosiveness and is a reliable pass-catching out of the backfield.
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